Prayer

Prayer

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

Philippians 4:6

Our daily lives are often very full. Full of things to do. Full of meetings and deadlines. Full of places to be. Full of people to meet. For some they may be full of time on our hands. Full of hopes we would like to fulfil. Full of things we don’t want to face. Where is God during our daily lives? How do we find God in fullness, in the full-ness of life?

We invite you to discover God in your Everyday Life through prayer. 

Below are several ideas on how you can pray for yourself, someone you know or a situation you might find yourself in. There is no right or wrong way to pray, however you decide to do it know that God hears you.

Lord’s Prayer

There are two versions commonly used in the Church of England – in Contemporary and Traditional Language:

Contemporary

Traditional

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Prayers for starting the day

Over coffee, as you’re walking or commuting, or as part of a communal prayer to start the day, invite God into your day and pray for God’s presence and guidance.

Give thanks for the day ahead

Whether using a full form of morning prayer or simply the opening lines below, give thanks for the day ahead as a gift from God.
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

Respond to God’s presence with you today

Call to mind the places you will be and people you will be with today. God will be present with you wherever you are. Where and when do you need to know this most of all today.
God, our light and our salvation,
as we seek your light in our everyday faith,
illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and, looking on your beauty,
may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Offer today as a day in which to encounter Christ

Offer to God the places of your day, the people you will meet (known and unknown), and the ways you will spend your time – that God would be glorified and Christ revealed in all you are and do.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
Amen.

Prayers for ending every day with God

An examen prayer has six simple steps. It is not a prayer to make a list of things. It’s not an exercise to analyse your day. It’s a chance to make space to be still in God’s presence and grow in awareness of His presence with you in all of life.

Find a place to be still
Wherever you are, sit comfortably and be still. Relax, but don’t curl up and go to sleep! This is about being attentive to yourself and to God!

Give thanks for the good things in today
Recall one moment that you are grateful for from today. Remember how you felt. Notice these feelings and, since all good things come from God, simply be grateful.

Let go of things bothering you
What is making you feel awkward or wound up? What’s weighing on your mind in this moment? Offer these things to God and ask for the freedom that comes with the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Review your day
Try to recall the events of the day. Reflect on what has happened and how you feel about it. Trust the Holy Spirit to show you the things that are important to think through and the insights important to know.

Talk with God
Tell God anything that comes to mind – jot it down, speak it out or think it through.  God already knows our needs, this is to help us identify what we need to be aware of, let go or recognise.

Finish your prayer
An Examen prayer can take a few minutes or a good hour. However long you have been able to give, offer this time to God with a closing prayer:

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.

From evil dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Tread underfoot our deadly foe
That we no sinful thought may know.

O Father, that we ask be done
Through Jesus Christ, your only Son;
And Holy Spirit, by whose breath
Our souls are raised to life from death.

Amen.

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